HealthONE - May 16, 2019

Many athletes fear tearing their ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), which could signal an end to their professional sports career. For Parker resident Kelton Hall, 29, tearing his ACL was always something he worried about.

"Growing up, you hear about people tearing their ACL and they're basically done," Hall says. "[You hear about] sports heroes who tear their ACL and they're never the same again."

An athlete all throughout his life, Hall played Division I football at the University of Nevada from 2008 to 2012. In January of this year, Hall was gearing up to start training as a firefighter in Denver when he felt his right knee pop while playing a pick-up basketball game. A few days later, Hall visited an ER to get his knee looked at, but says the care he first received was disappointing.

"[The ER staff] kind of examined my knee, which felt more painful after," Hall says. "They said, 'You probably have a tear, you probably have to see a surgeon', but they didn't really recommend anyone."

Hall was eventually referred to Dr. Catherine Logan, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at OrthoONE at The Medical Center of Aurora's Centennial Medical Plaza. Hall was first impressed with the attentiveness of the staff at OrthoONE.

"From the moment you walk in, they're super helpful," Hall says. "They wanted to do a good job and make sure I was taken care of."

Dr. Logan performed ACL reconstruction surgery on Hall, as well as a medial meniscus root repair and a partial lateral meniscectomy. Hall says the recovery period following his surgery was difficult at times.

"The first few days were really tough physically, the next six weeks were really tough mentally," Hall says. "By week 10, week 11, things started to get a little better."

While in recovery, Hall has been able to utilize OrthoONE's state-of-the-art exercise testing lab, called Fit Lab, which uses biomotion technology to assess how well joint muscles are performing. Fit Lab is only available at OrthoONE at The Medical Center of Aurora's Centennial Medical Plaza. The data captured via motion analysis allows physical therapists and personal trainers to better track a patient's progress. At one point during his rehabilitation, the exercise lab test revealed that Hall's right glute muscle was underdeveloped, so he went to physical therapy that week and "worked on glute exercises, strengthening the hamstring and building up that muscle on that side," he says.

Hall says the team at OrthoONE have been very hands-on during his recovery and rehabilitation process.

"They've been really involved," Hall says. "The follow-up has been great. In the first few days after my surgery, they were calling me every single day. It wasn't like they just did my surgery and kicked me out. I can definitely tell they care and want to see me [return to] 100 percent."

This past spring, Hall started classes at the firefighter academy and plans to return to playing sports recreationally in the fall. During his treatment at OrthoONE, Hall says the staff often "made me feel like I was the only patient," he says.

"Dr. Logan is going to take really good care of you," Hall says. "She's going to treat you like you're a family friend. That's how I felt the whole time."

OrthoONE places a strong emphasis on making sure patients not only get the treatment they need, but also have a successful recovery and get back to doing physical activities they love.